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Wedding in Galilee (1987)

Urs al-jalil (original title)
| Drama | June 1988 (USA)
A Palestinian seeks Israeli permission to waive curfew to give his son a fine wedding. The military governor's condition is that he and his officers attend. The groom berates his father for... See full summary »

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Mohamad Ali El Akili ...
Mukhtar
Bushra Karaman ...
Mother
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The governor
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Bacem (as Youssef Abou Warda)
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Bride (as Anna Achdian)
Nazih Akleh ...
Groom
Sonia Amar ...
Soumaya
Eyad Anis ...
Hassan
Waël Barghouti ...
Ziad
Juliano Mer-Khamis ...
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Ian Chemi ...
Officer 2
Tali Dorat ...
Soldier
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A Palestinian seeks Israeli permission to waive curfew to give his son a fine wedding. The military governor's condition is that he and his officers attend. The groom berates his father for agreeing. Women ritually prepare the bride; men prepare the groom. Guests gather. The Arab youths plot violence. One Israeli officer swoons in the heat and Arab women take her into the cool house. A thoroughbred gets loose and runs to a mined field; soldiers and Arabs must cooperate to rescue it. As darkness falls, tensions between army and villagers rise, and the groom's wedding-night anger and impotence threaten family dignity and honor. Can cool heads prevail? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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metaphors lost in the darkness
8 February 2004 | by (Santa Cruz) – See all my reviews

This was an amazing cinematic achievement for the region where it originated. Overall the piece sparks interest in several different characters but never fully develops or explores any individual instead opting to focus on the group dynamics at play leaving the underlying storylines as secondary. The only point where this film gets extremely difficult to watch is when the night scenes occur and you are left wondering what is happening only given gratification through auditory stimulation. The cultural exploration is in depth and the subject of the film illuminates a very historically important content in palestinian/israeli history. I recommend this film for its historical and region specific cinematic achievements, though i found myself bored by the end.


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